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Angel Investing: How Big and Disruptive? [Podcast]

On October 24, 2014, Lou Kerner’s The Disruptive Technologies Speaker Series hosted three thought leaders on the current state and future direction of Angel Investing: Gil Penchina Largest Syndicate on AngelList Jon Medved Founder & CEO, OurCrowd Brian Cohen Chairman, New York Angels Like every other industry, venture capital is ripe for massive disruption. An Angel has been described as “an investor who provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs, usually found among an entrepreneur’s family and friends”. That definition is now outdated, driven by the rise of platforms like AngelList, OurCrowd, and SeedInvest; and the increasing scale of groups like the New York Angels and Tech Coast Angels. And Angel Investing is no longer just for seed rounds. Life360, a mobile app for staying connected with family members, is raising $500k of a $50M Series C on AngleList, where the leading syndicators (like Gil Penchina) are “backed” by over 500 investors that can combine for over $4M in any one deal. The OurCrowd platform has raised over $65M for 50 companies the past two years, including $3.3M for ReWalk. The last...

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This Week In Crowdfunding: How individual investors can invest in top real estate deals

This Week in Crowdfunding is a newly launched podcast series hosted by OurCrowd’s Zack Miller and David Stark, where they cover the best in Crowdfunding with a frank — and educational — discussion about the issues surrounding Crowdfunding. Every week, they interview successful entrepreneurs, deconstruct campaigns, and hear from the smartest people around on this transformative, massive financing trend. Sign up to listen to the podcast on iTunes * Sticher * SoundCloud!  ——————————————— One of the most exciting manifestations of crowdfunding can be found right now in the real estate sector. Investment properties, which were once owned wholly by large real estate firms, are now finding crowdfunding investor interest. And vice versa — individuals, who once struggled to get access to ‘insider’ deals — can now invest in real estate via platforms like Realty Mogul. On this week’s TWiC, hosts Zack Miller and David Stark hosted Realty Mogul’s CEO and founder, Jilliene Helman, to talk about how her firm got off the ground and is now working with both top-flight real estate development projects and attracting investor interest. Watson on Crowdfunding tackles the complicated — but really important — issue of accreditation...

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This Week In Crowdfunding: How Neil Young raised millions via crowdfunding (and how you can, too)

This Week in Crowdfunding is a newly launched podcast series hosted by OurCrowd’s Zack Miller and David Stark, where they cover the best in Crowdfunding with a frank — and educational — discussion about the issues surrounding Crowdfunding. Every week, they interview successful entrepreneurs, deconstruct campaigns, and hear from the smartest people around on this transformative, massive financing trend. Sign up to listen to the podcast on iTunes * Sticher * SoundCloud!  ——————————————— Neil Young may be a great rock and roller but he’s an even better crowdfunder. Young ran a rewards crowdfunding campaign that raised millions of dollars for his new music player, Pono Music. Young didn’t stop there — he went on to raise an equity crowdfunding campaign that was even more successful. What’s Mr Cinnamon Girl’s secret sauce? On this week’s TWiC, hosts Zack Miller and David Stark invited Rose Spinelli, of TheCrowdfundamentals fame and crowdfunding coach and teacher, on to the show to deconstruct Neil Young’s approach, what he did right/wrong, and what we can learn from his success. In a first on TWiC, Rose offers a challenge to you listeners: if you’re willing to take the plunge and launch a...

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This Week In Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding Entrepreneurship

This Week in Crowdfunding is a newly launched podcast series hosted by OurCrowd’s Zack Miller and David Stark, where they cover the best in Crowdfunding with a frank — and educational — discussion about the issues surrounding Crowdfunding. Every week, they interview successful entrepreneurs, deconstruct campaigns, and hear from the smartest people around on this transformative, massive financing trend. Sign up to listen to the podcast on iTunes * Sticher * SoundCloud!  ——————————————— As crowdfunding gathers more momentum, crowdfunding activities are becoming more mainstream. This week’s guest on the program, Hillel Fuld, is a technology evangelist and the Chief Marketing Officer of Zula. On the podcast, hosts David Stark and Zack Miller talk to Hillel about his experiences meeting with thousands of technology teams and what qualities and behaviors can make a crowdfunding project successful vs. a failure. Starkup Nation and Zack Attack discuss recently delivered crowdfunded products and the record-breaking Coolest Cooler campaign (I want one!) which just topped $13 million on Kickstarter. Lastly, Stark and Miller share the good news that a company they crowdfunded is readying an IPO — a first for the crowdfunding industry. Listen to the FULL episode Resources mentioned in the podcast...

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This Week In Crowdfunding: A Podcast series covering the latest news in Crowdfunding

What gets you excited about crowdfunding? Is it the passion, perks, participation, pride or profit? Crowdfunding is expected to top $10 billion this year. The industry is quickly growing and it’s getting harder to stay on top of current events, leading platforms, and tools and techniques for both entrepreneurs and backers/investors. This Week in Crowdfunding is a newly launched podcast series hosted by OurCrowd’s Zack Miller and David Stark, where they cover the best in Crowdfunding with a frank — and educational — discussion about the issues surrounding Crowdfunding. Every week, they interview successful entrepreneurs, deconstruct campaigns, and hear from the smartest people around on this transformative, massive financing trend. Sign up to listen to the podcast on iTunes * Sticher * SoundCloud! Educating investors on the crowdfunding opportunity On this week’s TWiC podcast, David and Zack interview the guys behind Crowdability — a great resource for investors thinking about getting a bit more serious about equity crowdfunding. Matt and Wayne are 2 extraordinary entrepreneurs in their own right and have a bold vision of providing an educational and decision-layer to help investors make better decisions when investing in startups online via equity...

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